Yack still has plenty to do for victory

Nick Iaria had his best game for the Power against Baranduda. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL
Nick Iaria had his best game for the Power against Baranduda. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

YACKANDANDAH believes it is not over the line despite having Bethanga 5/16 and still 135 runs behind at the start of the second day’s play today.

The second-placed Roos would narrow the gap on ladder leaders Eskdale with a win and may even top the table with outright victory,

But captain Mick Walker is not making any bold predictions just yet.

Last week Walker rescued the Yackandandah innings, hitting seven fours and two sixes on his way to 51 in a total of 151.

The all-rounder then took three wickets to leave the Saints struggling at the end of the first day.

“We were in trouble early and fought back but they have held back some of their better batsmen,” Walker said.

“They haven’t batted Sam Lowcock or Ash Harding — two of their established batsmen haven’t faced a ball.

“So there is plenty of batting still to come.

“It would be great to pinch a wicket or two in the first hour and go from there.

“We aren’t going into the weekend thinking we have it sewn up.”

Walker said it would be a team effort, rather than any individual, that will force the outcome at Yackandandah Sportsground.

“I don’t expect that one bloke will go out and rip through them,” he said.

“We’ll just play to our ground and use that to our advantage.

“We still have a job to do, still have to get those five wickets before we think about anything else.”

Mount Beauty’s Al Randell said the Power would play positive cricket and look to establish a healthy lead in their clash with Baranduda.

The premiers trail the Rangers by 23 runs heading into the second day’s play, with seven wickets in hand.

“We should get first innings points after having a pretty good day on Saturday,” Randell said.

“We’ll play pretty positive cricket, that’s our style.

“We’ll try to move the game along and see what happens before making any decisions on declarations or second innings.

“Certainly the better teams are starting to bubble to the top and its often those rounds after Christmas where sides become settled and start to show their class.”